Thursday, December 3, 2020
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice. Exodus 23:2 (NHEB).
Thought of The Day : If we are keen to do the will of God, we will not be scare or ashamed of being a lone voice for Christ.
LISTEN : There’s no neutrality with God; is either you’re with Him or against Him. Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Mathew 12:30 NET). We will be lost in the crowd (the wicked world) when our eyes are off God. There is power with the crowd, no doubt. This is the reason why people tend to move towards the crowd. No one wants to be a lone voice. Everyone wants to be part of a crowd. Unfortunately, the crowd is not always right. Being in majority is not a mark of divine approval as some believe. Surely, God does work with minority too (2 Chronicles 14:11 ; Psalms 33:16). If we’re keen to do the will of God, we would not be scare or ashamed of being a lone voice for Christ. Many people out of fear, compromise, hardship, poverty, quest for business or financial favour, etc., become part of a wrong crowd; not realising that following a wrong crowd would lead to a regrettable end. Beloved, the crowd can be wrong sometimes. Truly, it’s nice to be with the crowd, but it should be for a good cause. We should be part of a crowd if the crowd stands for justice, equity, goodness, peace, godliness and the fear of God. Never follow a crowd that is out to deceive, mislead, destroy or deny people the opportunity to do the will of God. Avoid trends and fads which tend to lead people astray. Watch the crowd you follow and measure their actions by the word of God; if what they do, don’t agree with God’s word, leave the crowd and stand alone for God. Don’t forget that if you sin with the crowd, you would be judged with the crowd. If you join a crowd to do evil, you would surely suffer with the crowd. So, never be afraid to stand up for Jesus Christ and His kingdom. Beloved, whatever it takes determine to stand with God and not with the crowd. Be wise!
What Should We Do With This Message?
1. Don’t surrender to pressure from the world, rather, surrender to the voice of God.
2. Never partner with a crowd to do evil, instead, stand up for God.
3. Don’t hesitate to leave a crowd when you discover their purposes is opposed to God’s.
4. Don’t follow a crowd to do evil or aid perversion of justice.
Faith Confession : Today, I acknowledged that crowd is not always right. It can be wrong sometimes. Therefore, I will follow the word of God instead, amen.
Prayer : Heavenly Father, You’re my God. Help me to not follow a crowd to do evil, but rather follow your will always, amen.
A Word Of Blessing : It’s well with you. Today I speak on your life. May God guide you to make the right decisions. May you not follow a crowd to do evil. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Reflection : Be wary of trends and fads which tend to lead people astray. Watch the crowd and measure it by the word of God; and never hesitate to leave a crowd that doesn’t stand for God.
Quote : “Avoid association with a wrong crowd; because following a wrong crowd would lead to a regrettable end.”
Biblical Fact : Did you know Matthias is chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ? (Acts 1:23-26).
Today In History : December 3, 1984 – Toxic gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant and results in the deaths of thousands in Bhopal, India.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the night vision of tigers is 6 times better than humans?
Bible Quiz : How many years did Jacob serve Laban his uncle?
God bless you!